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Euro MP backs plan for mandatory country of origin food labels

July 7, 2011 3:29 PM

Liz Lynne has backed proposals in the European Parliament so food labels will have to show the country of origin for meat, poultry, fish, fruit and vegetables.

A report detailing changes to food label requirements was adopted after a vote by the Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday.

Liz Lynne, who is First Vice President of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, is a strong supporter of clearer labels which help consumer choice.

She said: "I welcome the vote by MEPs in favour of this report. Under these proposals,consumers will easily be able to see what the main ingredients are in their food and also where the food comes from.

"Consumers are entitled to know where their food was produced, so people who want to buy British can make sure that is what they are doing.

"Sometimes labels give a misleading impression, or highlight the fact that an imported food is packed locally.

"Another positive move is that products containing allergens will have to be marked in bold in the list of ingredients.

"This change will also allow local manufacturers a clear advantage in highlighting the local nature of their product and preventing unfair competition from imported foodstuffs being marketed as somehow local."


Note: The European Parliament voted to adopt proposals from the Sommer report negotiated with EU Member States which defines the new rules and principles for food labelling in the EU and updates an existing regulation.

Once the legislation is adopted after agreement with the EU Commission and member states, food businesses will have three years to adapt to the rules.